The word “philosophy” relates to Greek words that mean roughly “love of wisdom.” Philosophy is an academic discipline with a certain history and content. The content of philosophy courses at Shippensburg is primarily related to Western philosophers and thinkers.
Philosophy is a discipline with characteristic methods and techniques. The most common technique taught at Shippensburg University is the analysis, and evaluation of concepts and theories. Our faculty in the History and Philosophy Department encourage your interests in, and enthusiasm for, intellectual endeavors and wisdom. Philosophy courses at Ship teach you how to think critically, understand, analyze, and evaluate concepts and theories. Studying philosophy helps us to comprehend peoples' ideas and form intelligent opinions about them. Therefore, a philosophy minor could enhance any course of study.
Since philosophy teaches you how to understand, analyze, and evaluate ideas, it is helpful in any career. A small number of Ship's students use the minor in philosophy as a stepping-stone to graduate programs in philosophy. Those students hope to teach philosophy at the university level.
The curriculum of the philosophy minor is designed to allow you maximum intellectual freedom. You must take a minimum of 6 courses or 18 credits of philosophy, including 2 of the 3 required courses:
- PHL248 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
- PHL249 History of Modern Philosophy
- PHL340 Contemporary Ethics
You must also take at least one other course at the 200-level and at least one course at the 300-level. See the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of required courses.